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Backlash prompts CNN to boot long-time contributor for tweets like ‘The world today needs Hitler’

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CNN has cut ties with long-time contributor Adeel Raja out of Pakistan who has tweeted numerous times that he believes the world needs another “Hitler” and has expressed deep hatred of Jews.

Raja has worked for the network since 2013, writing approximately 50 articles. Social media users found the anti-Semitic tweets and furiously demanded a response from CNN concerning the writer who has written for the media outlet.

It was not just one off-hand tweet from Raja who is a verified Twitter user. He apparently wrote a number of them. “The world today needs a Hitler,” was the first to be noticed as he posted it at around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. That tweet has since been deleted, as the Washington Examiner noted.

“The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals – Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews!” Raja also wrote during the airing of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The next day, he tweeted “Hail Hitler!”

In another now-deleted tweet, Raja also took issue with former Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet stating: “America stands with Israel.” The Islamabad writer tweeted, “A history of creating terrorists and standing with them!”

Raja last touted a CNN byline on Sept. 16, 2020. Until the tweets came to light, he stated he was still working for CNN on LinkedIn.

When CNN spokesman Matt Dornic was confronted by the Washington Examiner over the writer, he claimed he had “never heard” of Raja and that he was “looking into it.”

Sunday night, CNN issued a statement severing ties with the freelance journalist: “Adeel Raja has never been a CNN employee. As a freelancer, his reporting contributed to some newsgathering efforts from Islamabad. However, in light of these abhorrent statements, he will not be working with CNN again in any capacity.”

The hateful rhetoric has come to light amid reports of escalating violence between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas out of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians have reportedly launched hundreds of rockets into Israel. Most have been stopped by the “Iron Dome” missile defense system but some have breached Israel’s defenses and have killed innocent citizens. Israel has retaliated with a number of airstrikes taking out Hamas leaders and weapons storage outlets.

Approximately 188 Palestinians have been killed so far in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women. A series of retaliatory strikes on Sunday flattened three buildings in the area. In Israel, at least eight have been killed even with the protection of the “Iron Dome,” including a 5-year-old child and a soldier. As of Saturday, over 100 civilians have been killed during the violence which allegedly originated from the Gaza Strip.

“In response to HUNDREDS of rockets in the last 24 hours, the IDF has struck a number of significant terror targets and terror operatives across the Gaza Strip, marking our largest strike since 2014,” the Israeli Defense Forces declared on Twitter. “We are currently striking more terror targets in Gaza.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning Hamas that they will retaliate even further: “We’ll do whatever it takes to restore order and quiet, and the security of our people and deterrence,” Netanyahu told “Face the Nation” Sunday. “We’re trying to degrade Hamas’ terrorist abilities and to degrade their will to do this again.”

(Video Credit: Face the Nation)

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